The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.354 million, Nine’s 8.30pm program Adults Only 20 to 1 averaged 1.304 million and Today Tonight was third with 1.252 million. The Footy Shows averaged 1.097 million for Nine at 9.30pm and Law And Order SVU averaged 1.098 million for fifth for Ten. sixth was Getaway for Nine at 7.30pm with 1.083 million and Ten’s The Biggest Loser averaged 1.073 million from 7pm to 8pm. Home and Away was eighth for Seven with 1.057 million and Ghost Whisperer averaged 1.057 million from 7.30pm also for Seven. Nine News was 10th with 1.051 million, Grey’s Anatomy was next at 8.30pm for Seven with 1.032 million and the 7pm ABC News averaged 1.010 million in 12th A Current Affair was 13th with 1.006 million and Nine’s 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.005 million people. Bondi Vet on Ten at 8pm averaged 896,000: its best so far since debuting.

The Losers: Life On Mars on Ten at 9.30pm, 739,000. Bringing Up Baby on the ABC at 8.30pm, 534,000. Inspector Rex, 283,000 on SBS at 7.30pm. Even for a Rexophile like me last night was too much. I think I have seen it before once or twice. It was blurred. Private Practice at 9.30pm on Seven, 781,000. The best you can say is that it didn’t lose too many viewers to the Footy Shows.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Today Tonight lost Melbourne by a smidge to ACA. Nine finished second in Sydney behind Seven news, but The 7.30 Report again had more viewers than ACA: 351,000 to 232,000. Ten News had more viewers in Sydney as well with 237,000. Ten News averaged 833,000 and the late News/Sports Tonight, 352,000. The 7.30 Report averaged 817,000, Q&A at 9.25pm, 495,000 and Lateline, 352,000. Lateline Business, 210,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 150,000. 180,000 for the late edition at 9.30pm. 7am Sunrise, 366,000, 7am Today, up to 307,000.

The Stats: Nine won 6pm to midnight all people with 30.7% (28.6) from Seven with 26.4% (27.2), Ten on 22.0% (22.7%), the ABC with 16.2% (16.4%) and SBS on 4.6% (5.1%). Seven won Perth, Nine won the other four metro markets. Seven leads the week, 29.2% to 28.3%. In regional areas a win to WIN/NBN with 29.0%, from prime/7Qld with 26.2%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 22.3%, the ABC with 16.6% and SBS with 5.9%. The Footy Shows didn’t make the regional top 10, compared with their 4th ranking in the metro markets.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: The Footy Shows returned last night: the NRL program has been revamped, which shows some promise, but its early days. 294,000 watched in Sydney, which is OK. The AFL Footy Show opened with 421,000 in Melbourne which was the highest audience on the night in Melbourne and around the country. The NRL Footy Show set has more of a look of the AFL program. But it still doesn’t have the same feeling as the Melbourne circus has.

Paul Vautin, the host, took a strong stand on the antics at Manly, his old club, which has been in the news this week over the activities of star player, Brett Stewart and the board. Vautin now is in the wrong camp among Manly supporters, but he had a solid, critical go, and got it right.

Apart from that Nine’s Adults Only 20 to 1 got good figures with a turn on in the last 15 minutes for the Footy Shows at 9.30pm. The rest of the night was fair to middling. Q&A on the ABC at 9.35pm was entertaining and a bit informative.

TONIGHT: The NRL starts and the Melbourne Storm game can be seen in Melbourne on Foxtel at 11.30pm. The free to air coverage on Nine starts at 11.50pm because once again the Nine Network isn’t concerned about promoting the game in Melbourne, even when the Melbourne Storm play, which they are tonight. Is Nine scared of putting the NRL up against the final of the NAB Cup on Seven involving Collingwood?

Seven has the AFL NAB Cup and Better Homes and Gardens. Ten has Medium, Law and Order times two and The Biggest Loser. The ABC has Trial and Distribution plus the Dalziel and Pascoe repeat. SBS, nothing really.

SATURDAY NIGHT: On Nine the night is brought to you by the bean counters. After the silliness of the video show ends at 7.30pm, four undistinguished movies until 3.20am. On Ten three movies, including Babe at 6.30pm, and finishing at 12.40am when it’s a repeat of Good News Week. Cheap TV in the extreme.

It’s not much better on Seven: repeats of Kath and Kim and the Vicar of Dibley plus two movies. SBS has a Rockwiz repeat and a fresh Iron Chef. The ABC has a repeat of New Tricks and then a wasteland. But I will be watching Five Easy Pieces on ABC2 at 8.30pm, starring Jack The Man . The Monty Python movie, Now For Something Completely Different, last Saturday night averaged 123,000 viewers on ABC2. That’s a figure SBS would be proud of.

SUNDAY NIGHT: NRL in the afternoon means better audiences for Nine’s news at 6pm in Sydney and Brisbane. That should mean better figures for Domestic Blitz and maybe 60 Minutes. CSI follows and then CSI Miami. Seven has Sunday Night, then Border Security and Triple Zeros Heroes, then City Homicide and a Bones repeat. Ten has The Biggest Loser, the Dance thingie, Rove and Dexter. The ABC has the second part of Lost in Austen (watch it). Rogue Nation at 7.30pm is another history series told in the fashion of the one on building the Harbour Bridge.

SBS has Dateline at 8.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports